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Old 05-25-2019, 10:42 AM   #1
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Water pooling somewhere in body/frame

So I have a problem, anytime after a rain/car wash there's a sloshing sound (think water sloshing to and fro in a bathtub) when I accelerate/decelerate. it's a very large amount of water.

I have verified the rear hatch and lights do not leak.

I pulled down the headliner and checked all four sunroof drains for leaking. I can pour a bottle of water into the drain up top and quickly fill up another bottle that is at the other end of the drain hose.

So here is where my head gets into a pickle.

It seems the drain hoses just empty into the frame/body. So if I pour water into the passenger side drains at the sunroof it all trickles out the front pinch weld area pretty quickly, if I do the same on the driver side water I get a very slow series of drops. I cannot for the life of me find where it ultimately exits the frame/body.

any info on this would be GREAT


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Old 05-25-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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I would say find the tiny hole/ slot that the watee comes out and waller it out with something. Crud can build up behind the front wheel well guards and rot front fenders as well.

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I just found it! Drilled a hole right on the dot. Enlarged both sides and all the water came right out!

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I'd figure out how & why the water is there to start with.
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That's just it's way out. I tried it on the other half of the car and on a second focus. The drain hoses themselves just seem to dump into the frame rail...

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My car does the same thing. Must be why the rockers rot out on so many of these cars...
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My car does the same thing. Must be why the rockers rot out on so many of these cars...
That's accurate, it comes in through the front quarter and door areas, then sits in the rockers. I put a hole through my side skirts and rockers to drain it. I never found the exact spot it comes in, but it happened on both sides and it was super noticeable.
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My right tail light was leaking and filling up the spare tire well in my ZX3
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:27 PM   #9
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Water Pooling

I'm doing this from memory, as I no longer have the 2002 ZX5 that this applies to.

I recall that each side of the sunroof has a hose that runs down the B pillar (or possibly the A or C pillars), into the rocker panel area. From there it is *supposed* to go through a hole in the frame, so that it empties directly onto the ground.

On my car, the passenger side worked this way. However, on the driver's side, the hose had fallen back through the hole in the frame, causing it to empty inside the rocker panel instead. As a result, my driver's side rocker panel rusted out.

The proper cure is to fish the end of the drain hose back through the hole in the frame, so that it empties directly onto the ground. The problem is that the hose is a bit shorter than it should be, so it may have a tendency to fall back through the hole, and then drain into the rocker panel again.

Fish the drain hose through the frame hole with a stiff wire (bent-up hanger), and then seal up the hole with some sort of caulk or sealant, so that the hose can't fall back through the hole. Good luck!
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